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Ethical Issues in Business Computing

Langford, Duncan (1997) Ethical Issues in Business Computing. In: International Conference on Computer Ethics. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:21486)

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In the development world, virtually all modern business relies heavily upon the use of computers. Nevertheless, despite the overwhelming commercial advantages carried by use of modern computer systems, their power and distance from common human experience also potentially carry considerable associated disadvantages. Such

disadvantages are particularly relevant to the development and maintenance of appropriate business behaviour.

Analysis and discussion of computer systems use within business has been limited, typically focusing on the advantages provided by specific systems in individual cases. Broader issues have been given less attention, and, in consequence, some essential aspects of business computer use have remained virtually unexplored. For example, it isnot unusual for companies in different countries - or even different locations within the same country - to consider totally dissimilar models of behaviour are appropriate.

Perhaps partly for this reason, many businesses have failed to make any formal determination of how their company systems should be used. This Paper discusses the need for responsible business to be aware not only of the ways in which computers and computer systems may be used for company advantage, but of their potential for misuse. After examination of the issues, it concludes by suggesting some appropriate 'ground rules' for the employment of today's business computer systems.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009 13:20 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:59 UTC
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